Singer/songwriter, Monte Nordstrom's new band, "Soul Mate" is a revue-styled ensemble with a strong emphasis on vocals. Monte's guitar & harmonica work is anchored by his longtime drummer/vocalist, Nick Jarvie. The band features powerful voice of Virginia Blatchford, who is joined by her keyboardist/vocalist husband, Larry Blatchford. Soul Mate also includes Monte's wife, MaryAnn Nordstrom who accompanies on both percussionist & vocals, while the newest member is Daryl Keeler, who expertly underpins the band on the Fender bass.
The Soul Mate project is not an entirely new development. The Blatchfords have been longtime friends of Monte's & they have performed together at many local jam sessions over the years. Larry was also a regular member of Monte's post-Beaumonts group, Groovedigger for the better part of a year & contributed keyboards to Monte's 2004 release "After All". This CD also featured tracks by Nick & MaryAnn, which sort of makes it a Soul Mates project in retrospect. MaryAnn also contributed percussion to Monte's 1996 CD "Northstream".
Soul Mate formed in January of 2006 & by combining their repertoires they already have material for a wide variety of special events. Their rapidly expanding songlist leans directly towards Memphis Soul & Motown RnB, with healthy dollops of Joe Cocker, Etta James & Aretha Franklin. Monte has already written a theme song for the group which is now working on an album's worth of originals from Monte's backlog of unrecorded material. The self-titled single, "Soul Mate" will be recorded by Zak Cohen at Woodshop Studio & is due for release in late spring.
The summer promises to be busy with the 1st annual RNBBQ Bluesfest at Providence Farm on June 17th leading off, followed by a series of wedding reception dates in July. During the first weekend of August, Soul Mate will perform at the famous Filberg Festival in Comox followed by an appearance at Special Woodstock on August 20th. With many other plans are in the works, the summer is already heating up for this ambitious ensemble of dedicated individuals.